The health department is yet again under the scanner after a pregnant woman in Chhatarpur district was forced to deliver in an ambulance as the local primary health care (PHC) unit was locked.
Geeta Yadav (24), a resident of Majra Kudan village was taken to the Bamitha PHC after she went into labour. When the PHC was found locked, the ambulance staff tried calling the duty nurse on her mobile, but her phone was unreachable. After an hour, when Geeta was unable to tolerate the pain, her mother-in-law and the ambulance staff delivered the baby in the ambulance.
The nurse reached the PHC later and admitted the mother and child to perform post-delivery child care work.
In a separate case, Chouka Purvan village resident Savitri Ahirwar went into labour on Wednesday night, after which her family members called the 108-ambulance services.
The ambulance took Savitri to the Jhumtuli sub-health centre, but the on-duty nurse was not found there. After waiting for an hour, the ambulance took Savitri to the nearby Bamitha PHC, where she delivered the child.
Chief medical health officer Dr VK Gupta told HT, “A show-cause notice has been issued to the doctors and nurses in both these cases and strict action will be taken if they are found guilty.”